Miklos, Givens lead locals into state track and field meet


The plan was for senior Maya Miklos to be very busy for the Gunn girls' track and field team on Friday at the Central Coast Section Championships at Gilroy High. That plan was scrapped after the semifinals last weekend when the Titans' 400- and 1,600-meter relays failed to advance.

That left Miklos with two fewer events on Friday, the 400 and 300 hurdles. She made the most of those opportunities by qualifying for this weekend's CIF State Championships in Clovis in both events.

First up was the 400, a new event for Miklos this season. She ran the 100 hurdles last season, finishing third and advancing to the state meet. The 400, however, is a distance she'll likely run in college next season in the 400 hurdles.

Since the 400 follows the 100 hurdles, Miklos had to make a decision this year. Selecting the 400 proved a wise one as she took second on Friday with a school record of 54.81. Her lifetime best -- her first time under 55.00 -- erased her previous school mark of 55.56 from earlier this season and moved her to No. 4 in the state and No. 15 all-time in the CCS.

Jade Harrison of Cupertino won the 400 in 54.55, moving her to No. 2 in the state and No. 10 all-time in the section.

Miklos returned just 45 minutes later and finished second in the 300 hurdles in 45.23, earning her second berth for the state meet. Caice Lanovaz of Los Gatos won in 43.90, preventing Miklos from defending her title.

After the meet, Miklos decided to drop the 300 hurdles for the state meet and just concentrate on the 400.

Miklos was among nine local athletes who earned state berths on the weekend -- two moving on due to scratches.

Fellow senior Eli Givens of Palo Alto also advanced, as expected. He ran he second leg of the 400 relay that included Austin Cox, Thorin Haussecker and Dami Bolarinwa. The foursome clocked a season best of 42.19 to trail only Bellarmine's sizzling meet record of 41.37 that grabbed the CCS lead and moved the Bells to No. 2 all-time in section history and in a tie for No. 2 in the state this season.

Palo Alto's time was its fastest since the Vikings won the 2012 CCS title in 41.56 on their way to claiming the section team crown.

Givens returned in the 100 and finished second in a wind-legal 10.76 as Jared Geredes of Los Gatos won in 10.71, snapping Givens' streak of two straight section titles and preventing Givens from being the first three-time section champ in the 100. His time, however, was faster than his two previous winning races.

Givens still wasn't done. With two berths in the state meet secured, he lowered himself into the blocks for his specialty -- the 200 meters. Givens didn't disappoint in his final CCS individual race as he won going away in a personal best of 21.64, fastest in the section this season.

The only other local champion was Gunn senior Gillian Meeks in the girls' 1,600, where she defended her section title in a CCS-leading 4:53.13. The time was faster than the 4:56.39 that got her 12th in the state finals last season.

Unfortunately for Meeks, she was unable to complete a sweep in the distance events as she finished fourth in the 3,200 in 10:45.16. That was faster than the third-place time of a year ago, but still didn't get Meeks into the automatic finals of the metric two-miler. However, third-place finisher Emily Skahill of St. Francis dropped the race after the meet -- allowing Meeks to reach the state meet in both distance events.

Also advancing to the state meet were Menlo-Atherton seniors Annalisa Crowe and Kathryn Mohr, Palo Alto juniors Kent Slaney and Michel-Ange Siaba, Gunn junior Jeffrey Lee-Heidenreich and Palo Alto senior Catherine Yu.

Crowe, who had qualified for the CCS finals in the 1,600 and 800, dropped the 1,600 in order to concentrate on her best event. The decision proved to be a wise one as Crowe finished second in 2:13.37.

Slaney kept his two distance events, but made the most of his first opportunity by finishing third in the 1,600 in 4:19.95. With a state berth secured, Slaney faded in the 3,200 and finished well back.

Siaba originally missed out after taking fourth in the boys' triple jump despite a personal best of 44-2 1/2. But, due to scratches, Siaba will be advancing.

Also taking fourth (in 15.33) but advancing due to scratches was Yu in the 100 hurdles.

Mohr, who finished fourth in the girls' pole vault at last year's CCS meet, made the big forward and tied for third with a school record of 12-1. That broke her own mark by an inch. She also ran a leg on the Bears' 400 relay that finished fifth in 49.12 and took seventh in the 100 in 12.53.

Lee-Heidenreich reached the CCS meet in two field events, first taking fifth in the triple jump at 43-11 1/4 before earning his first state berth by leaping 6-5 to finish third in the high jump. Darius Carbin of Mt. Pleasant won both events, leaping 48-1 3/4 in the triple jump and clearing 6-7 in the high jump.

Just missing a state berth by taking fourth was Castilleja junior Claire Traum in the 800 in 2:15.27, M-A freshman Maggie Hall in the girls' 200 in a personal best of 25.11 and Menlo School sophomore Robert Miranda in the 3,200 in 9:27.22.

Gunn junior Margaret Redfield was sixth in the girls' high jump at 5-1, Sacred Heart Prep junior Natalie Novitsky was sixth in the girls' 1,600 in 5:08.89, Gunn senior Jenae Pennywell was sixth in the girls; 100 in 12.48, Gunn senior Amy Watt was eighth in the girls' long jump at 16-11 1/4, Gunn junior Andy Maltz was eighth in the boys' shot put at 48-6 1/2, M-A senior Jack Gray was 10th in the boys' long jump at 19-9 1/4, Gunn senior Lindsay Maggioncalda was 11th in the discus at 105-6 M-A senior Madeleine Baier was 11th in the 800 in 2:25.84 and SHP junior Graham MacFarquhar was 12th in the boys' 800 in 2:10.82.

The Menlo-Atherton girls' 1,600 relay, which had the second-fastest qualifying time coming in, was disqualified. The Palo Alto boys' 1,600 squad finished seventh in 3:26.62.

Stanford-bound Erika Malaspina of Pacific Collegiate set a meet record of 13-9 in the girls' pole vault, breaking the previous mark of 13-8 by Castilleja's Tori Anthony in 2007.

The Paly boys finished fourth in the team scoring with 39 points with Bellarmine taking the title with 77 point. The Gunn girls were fourth with 38 points as St. Francis captured the crown with 62 points.

— Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online Sport

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